US20040161083A1 - Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification - Google Patents

Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20040161083A1
US20040161083A1 US10/778,067 US77806704A US2004161083A1 US 20040161083 A1 US20040161083 A1 US 20040161083A1 US 77806704 A US77806704 A US 77806704A US 2004161083 A1 US2004161083 A1 US 2004161083A1
Authority
US
United States
Prior art keywords
subscriber
calling party
call
internet
identification information
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Granted
Application number
US10/778,067
Other versions
US7450701B2 (en
Inventor
Suzanne Crockett
Gordon Blumenshein
James Kovarik
Kenneth Stroud
Dianna Tiliks
William Trost
Paul Vlasek
Scott Watry
Thomas McBlain
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
AT&T Intellectual Property I LP
Original Assignee
AT&T Intellectual Property I LP
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Priority to US10/076,525 priority Critical patent/US6718021B2/en
Application filed by AT&T Intellectual Property I LP filed Critical AT&T Intellectual Property I LP
Priority to US10/778,067 priority patent/US7450701B2/en
Publication of US20040161083A1 publication Critical patent/US20040161083A1/en
Application granted granted Critical
Publication of US7450701B2 publication Critical patent/US7450701B2/en
Application status is Active legal-status Critical
Adjusted expiration legal-status Critical

Links

Images

Classifications

    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
    • H04L12/00Data switching networks
    • H04L12/66Arrangements for connecting between networks having differing types of switching systems, e.g. gateways

Abstract

An advanced intelligent network (AIN) based system and method that allows a subscriber connected to the Internet to receive customized call alerts and caller identification information concerning an incoming telephone call. Using client software, the subscriber associates telephone numbers to sound files. Then, when an incoming call with caller identification information is received, the client software determines whether the incoming telephone number points to a sound file. If so, the client software directs the sound file to play.

Description

    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/076,525, filed on Feb. 19, 2002, the content of which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.[0001]
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention [0002]
  • The present invention relates to the field of telecommunications. More particularly, the present invention relates to a telecommunications system for allowing a subscriber connected to the Internet to receive customized audible alerts concerning an incoming telephone call. [0003]
  • 2. Acronyms [0004]
  • The written description provided herein contains acronyms which refer to various telecommunications services, components and techniques, as well as features relating to the present invention. Although some of these acronyms are known, use of these acronyms is not strictly standardized in the art. For purposes of the written description herein, acronyms will be defined as follows: [0005]
  • Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN) [0006]
  • Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) [0007]
  • Central Office (CO) [0008]
  • Called Party Number (CDN) [0009]
  • Calling Party Number (CPN) [0010]
  • Compact Service Node (CSN) [0011]
  • Customer Name (CNAME) [0012]
  • Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) [0013]
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) [0014]
  • Directory Number (DN) [0015]
  • High Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber Line (HDSL) [0016]
  • Internet Caller Identification (ICID) [0017]
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) [0018]
  • Line Information Database (LIDB) [0019]
  • Numbering Plan Area-Central Office Code (NPA-NXX) [0020]
  • Personal Computer (PC) [0021]
  • Personal Identification Number (PIN) [0022]
  • Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) [0023]
  • Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) [0024]
  • Real Time Database (RTDB) [0025]
  • Registration Server (RS) [0026]
  • Service Control Point (SCP) [0027]
  • Service Switching Point (SSP) [0028]
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) [0029]
  • Signaling System [0030] 7 (SS7)
  • Signaling Transfer Point (STP) [0031]
  • Terminating Attempt Trigger (TAT) [0032]
  • Transactional Capabilities Application Part (TCAP) [0033]
  • Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) [0034]
  • User Agent Server (UAS) [0035]
  • Wide Area Network (WAN) [0036]
  • 3. Description of Background Information [0037]
  • Various attempts have been made at providing Internet caller identification (ICID) services. Typically, a subscriber of Internet caller ID receives the telephone number and name (if available) of a calling party, while the subscriber is on an active Internet session. The caller ID information is provided in a pop-up window on the subscriber's display while the subscriber is actively connected to the Internet. Further, various disposition options are presented to the subscriber which, upon selection, determine the handling of the incoming call. [0038]
  • With such systems, it would be desirable to have an audible alert associated with the calling party. Further, users would appreciate being able to configure a particular sound file to be played according to the incoming telephone number of the calling party. [0039]
  • One attempt at solving this problem was presented by Caller EyeDee by dazil Internet Services. Caller EyeDee appears to permit configured ring sounds (i.e., .wav files) for each individual caller, e.g., “It's Dave Calling”. However, Caller EyeDee apparently does not function while the called party is connected to the Internet via a dial-up connection using a modem because, for instance, Caller EyeDee does not send caller identification information via TCP/IP. Essentially, Caller EyeDee has moved the caller ID functionality from customer premises equipment (CPE) to a personal computer. Additionally, Caller EyeDee apparently requires specialized hardware in the form of a modem that supports Caller ID. Thus, Caller EyeDee is not an effective solution. [0040]
  • The present invention overcomes the problems associated with the prior art.[0041]
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The present invention is further described in the detailed description that follows, by reference to the noted plurality of drawings by way of non-limiting examples of embodiments of the present invention, in which like reference numerals represent similar parts throughout several views of the drawings, and in which: [0042]
  • FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram showing an exemplary telecommunications network, according to an aspect of the present invention; [0043]
  • FIG. 2 is an exemplary flowchart diagram of ICID SCP logic, according to an aspect of the present invention; [0044]
  • FIG. 3 is an exemplary ICID call flow diagram for an ICID subscriber, according to an aspect of the present invention; [0045]
  • FIG. 4 is an exemplary sound file assignment directory used by the subscriber to associate sound files with telephone numbers, according to an aspect of the present invention; [0046]
  • FIG. 5 is an exemplary caller ID log, according to an aspect of the present invention; and [0047]
  • FIG. 6 is an exemplary flowchart diagram of ICID audible alert call processing, according to an aspect of the present invention.[0048]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS
  • In view of the foregoing, the present invention, through one or more of its various aspects and/or embodiments is thus presented to provide a customized audible alert Internet caller identification system that operates within an AIN environment. [0049]
  • Accordingly, one aspect of the present invention is to provide a method for allowing a subscriber connected to the Internet to receive a customized call alert associated with an incoming call from a calling party to the subscriber. The method includes receiving the incoming call at a terminating switch, suspending the call at the terminating switch, launching a query in response to a request from the calling party to establish a connection with the subscriber, and accessing a service control point (SCP) in response to the query. The method further includes determining whether the subscriber is actively connected to the Internet. Upon ascertaining that the subscriber's Internet status is active, identification information associated with the called party is determined. Then, a message is sent from an Internet caller identification server (ICID), via the Internet, to client software on the subscriber's computer, which includes notification and caller identification information associated with the incoming call. The method further includes initiating a sound file associated with the caller identification information. [0050]
  • The caller identification information may include a name of the calling party and/or a telephone number of the calling party. Further, the initiating includes determining whether the name of the calling party and/or the telephone number of the calling party points to a unique sound file. [0051]
  • The caller identification information may include an indication that a name of the calling party and a telephone number of the calling party are not available. In this regard, the initiating may include determining whether the indication points to a unique sound file. [0052]
  • The caller identification information may include a notification that the incoming call has been screened by a privacy manager feature on the subscriber's line. In this regard, the initiating may include determining whether the notification points to a unique sound file. [0053]
  • The method may further include receiving the subscriber's disposition selection at the ICID server via the Internet and handling the call in response to the subscriber's disposition selection. [0054]
  • With the present invention, the subscriber may be connected to the Internet via a dial-up connection or an xDSL connection. [0055]
  • According to another aspect of the present invention, a computer readable medium is provided for storing a computer program that allows a subscriber connected to the Internet to receive a customized call alert associated with an incoming call from a calling party to the subscriber. The computer readable medium includes a receiving source code segment that receives caller identification information from an Internet caller identification (ICID) server, a determining source code segment that determines whether a calling party name and/or a calling party number point to a unique sound file, and a launching source code segment that launches the unique sound file associated with the caller identification information. [0056]
  • The caller identification information includes a name of the calling party and/or a telephone number of the calling party. The computer readable medium may also include an associating source code segment that associates the unique sound file with the name of the calling party and/or the telephone number of the calling party. [0057]
  • The caller identification information may include an indication that a name of the calling party and a telephone number of the calling party are not available. As a result, the computer readable medium includes an associating source code segment that associates the unique sound file with the indication that a name of the calling party and a telephone number of the calling party are not available. [0058]
  • The caller identification information may include a notification that the incoming call has been screened by a privacy manager feature on the subscriber's line. As a result, the computer readable medium includes an associating source code segment that associates the unique sound file with the notification. [0059]
  • The computer readable medium further includes a presenting source code segment that presents the caller identification information and call disposition options to the subscriber. Further, the computer readable medium includes an accepting source code segment that accepts the subscriber's disposition selection. The computer readable medium also includes a sending source code segment that sends the subscriber's disposition selection to the Internet caller identification server via the Internet. [0060]
  • Further, the subscriber may be connected to the Internet via a dial-up or xDSL connection. [0061]
  • The present invention is an advanced intelligent network (AIN) based system and method that allows a subscriber actively connected to the Internet, via a dial-up or a digital subscriber line (DSL) connection, to receive customized audible alerts concerning an incoming call. That is, the subscriber may associate unique sound files (e.g., .wav, .au, etc.) with telephone numbers from which the subscriber expects to receive calls. As a result, a subscriber with an active Internet connection will audibly receive a unique sound file associated with a calling party number (CPN). For example, the unique sound file may be audibly received through speakers connected to the subscriber's personal computer (PC). [0062]
  • In addition, the subscriber may also receive visual caller identification information concerning an incoming telephone call. The visual information may be provided via a pop-up dialog box on the subscriber's display, which includes but is not limited to a monitor of a PC. The information displayed to the subscriber includes a telephone number and name, if available, of the calling party. In addition, several disposition options are presented to the subscriber which, upon selection, determine the handling of the incoming call. [0063]
  • The disposition options available to the subscriber include, for example, accepting the call, forwarding the call to a voice mail system, redirecting the call to another telephone line (e.g., a cellular telephone or a second telephone line), and playing an announcement to the calling party. The announcement played to the calling party is selected by the subscriber and may be either a message informing the calling party that the party they are trying to reach is busy and that the caller should call back later, or a message informing the calling party that the party they are trying to reach is busy and will call them back later. Still further, the called party may ignore the call and send it to a busy tone announcement. The subscriber has the option of selecting the language in which the messages plays to the calling party, e.g., English or Spanish. [0064]
  • As used herein, xDSL refers to the different variations of DSL such as asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL), high bit-rate digital subscriber line (HDSL), etc. [0065]
  • FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram showing an exemplary telecommunications network [0066] 1 of the present invention. The network 1 includes a calling party 5, an originating Service Switching Point (SSP) 10, the public switched telephone network (PSTN) 15, a terminating SSP 20, a subscriber's telephone 25, a subscriber's PC 30, a display 35, and ICID client software 40. The network also includes a Signaling Transfer Point (STP) 45, a Service Control Point (SCP) 50, an ICID server 55, a secure proxy server/firewall 60, and the Internet 65. To ensure reliability and survivability of the network, a minimum of two ICID servers and two SCPs may be deployed.
  • The SSP [0067] 10 is the originating central office (CO) for the calling party 5 and the SSP 20 is the terminating CO for the ICID subscriber 25; although, the terminating CO and originating CO may be the same. The SSPs 10 and 20 may comprise, for example, 5ESS switches manufactured by Lucent Technologies, Inc., or DMS-100 switches manufactured by Nortel Networks Corporation (Nortel), or AXE-10 switches manufactured by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. Although, any compatible SSPs with equivalent capabilities could be incorporated.
  • The 5ESS switches may utilize an AIN Release 0.1 protocol and should be equipped with Generic 5E12 (or higher) software and associated AIN SSP features. The DMS-[0068] 100 switches (release NA009) may utilize an AIN Release 0.1 protocol and associated AIN SSP features. The AXE-10 switches may utilize an AIN Release 0.1 protocol and should be equipped with Generic 8.07 (or higher) software and associated AIN SSP features. The call service logic of the present invention may be upgraded to accommodate future AIN releases and protocols and future trigger types. Specifications of AIN Release 0.1 SSPs may be found in Bellcore TR-NWT-001285, Switch-Service Control Point (SCP) Application Protocol Interface Generic Requirements, the disclosure of which is expressly incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.
  • In order to implement ICID with customized audible alerts, a Termination Attempt Trigger (TAT) is assigned to an ICID subscriber's directory number (DN) or line, depending upon the type of switch. Once the trigger has been assigned and activated, every terminating call to the ICID subscriber's line will cause the SSP [0069] 20 to suspend the call and send an AIN query message, via the existing Signaling System 7 (SS7) network (and appropriate STPs 45), to the ICID subscriber's serving SCP for instructions. The STP 45 recognizes SSP point codes and sends AIN queries to the appropriate SCP, based on translation type number and/or the numbering plan area-central office code (NPA-NXX) of the called party. The SCP 50 receives the TAT query from the SSP 20, as well as receives and sends information from and to other network elements. The TAT query may be sent in a transactional capabilities application part (TCAP) message. The exemplary embodiments described herein are described in the Advanced Intelligent Network Switching Systems Requirements (GR-1298-CORE) and the Advanced Intelligent Network Generic Requirements: Switch-Service Control Point Adjunct Interface (GR-1299-CORE), the disclosures of which are expressly incorporated by reference herein in their entireties.
  • The SCP [0070] 50 uses a customer name (CNAME) database in the SCP 50 to retrieve calling party name information associated with the calling party's telephone number for transmission to the ICID subscriber. Alternatively, the SCP 50 may use a line information database (LIDB), not shown, to retrieve calling party name information associated with the calling party's telephone number for transmission to the ICID subscriber. In this case, the interface between the LIDB and the SCP 50 may be, for example, the Bellcore GetData query provided over the SS7 network. Detailed information about the GetData interface may be obtained in Bellcore GR-2838-CORE, Generic Requirements for GetData, the disclosure of which is expressly incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.
  • The SCP [0071] 50 ICID logic recognizes subscriber registration information received from the client software via the ICID server 55 and stores information related to the subscriber's online status. The SCP 50 stores a subscriber key and the subscriber's personal identification number (PIN). The subscriber key is a key generated by the client software for encrypting session initiation protocol (SIP) messages sent to the ICID server 55 during session registration, newly formed each session by concatenating the values of the subscriber's IP address and call ID value.
  • In one possible implementation, if it is determined by the SCP [0072] 50 that the subscriber is online, the SCP 50 may query a local number portability (LNP) database, in a known manner, to determine if the calling party number received in the TAT query has been ported. The telephone number received in a response from the LNP database is used to determine the calling party name, when it is available.
  • To utilize the service, the subscriber obtains and installs the client software [0073] 40 on the PC 30 and activates the service as instructed. The client software 40 may be, for example, downloaded via the Internet from the subscriber's telecommunications carrier. The client software 40 supplies an audible and a visual alert to the subscriber of an incoming call, provides call disposition selections to the caller, and sends the subscriber's disposition selection to the ICID server 55. Further, the client software is configured with the IP address of the ICID server 55, to which it sends Internet registrations.
  • Essentially, when the subscriber logs into the Internet [0074] 65, the client software 40 routes subscriber data including the Internet port number to the IP address of the proxy server 60. The proxy server 60 routes calls from the Internet 65 to the ICID server 55 and from the ICID server 55 to the Internet 65. The proxy server 60 is configured to allow the encrypted registration messages to route to alternating service nodes. That is, the subscriber's encrypted personal identification number (PIN), client key/DN, IP address, and xDSL bit are routed through the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to the ICID server 55 via transport control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), in the form of an SIP message, for registration. The ICID server 55 receives and decrypts the SIP registration message and performs authentication, including initiating a SIP over TCP/IP to the appropriate SCP, which recognizes the subscriber registration information. The client software version number is sent in the encryption header field of the SIP register message and is validated against a value in the ICID properties file. If it is determined that the subscriber does not have the latest version of the software, a message indicating this condition is transmitted to the subscriber.
  • The ICID server [0075] 55 comprises a service node equipped with ICID server software that is used to communicate between the SCP 50 and the ICID client software 40 on the subscriber's PC 30, via SIP over dynamic TCP/IP sessions. The ICID server 55 supports multithreading and has one TCP/IP port for incoming registration messages from client software 40, and one TCP/IP port for SIP invite call notification messages from each SCP. An exemplary ICID server comprises, for example, a compact service node (CSN) or IBM server. For example, an exemplary ICID server may employ SCP/CSN Release R03 or higher on a Solaris 2.6 system and runs software coded in Java provided by Sun Microsystems. The ICID server 55 is configured with one primary SCP IP address and port number for sending SIP register messages that contain the subscriber's IP address. A secondary SCP IP address and port number of an alternate SCP is also configured should the ICID server 55 not be able to register with its designated SCP.
  • As discussed, the ICID server [0076] 55 receives and encrypts information related to ICID incoming calls from the SCP and passes this information to the ICID subscriber via the Internet. Further, the ICID server 55 receives and decrypts the ICID subscriber's disposition selection and passes it to the SCP 50 via TCP/IP.
  • During registration, an SIP user agent server (UAS) on the subscriber's PC [0077] 30 dynamically opens a TCP/IP socket connection with the ICID server 55 using a preconfigured port number on the proxy server and the proxy server's IP address, which is configured in the client software 40. If the first registration fails, the client will attempt to connect with a secondary ICID proxy server. When the proxy server 60 attempts to register with a first ICID server that fails, the proxy server 60 will re-try the registration using another ICID server, derived from a list of available ICID servers. When the client is activated and a point-to-point (PPP) session is established between the subscriber's PC 30 and the ISP, the client dynamically establishes a TCP/IP socket to the ICID server 55. This SIP register request is encrypted. Upon successful registration, the ICID server 55 passes the encrypted SIP message to the client. Then, the client software 40 decrypts the successful registration message and stores it in memory.
  • The ICID server [0078] 55 interfaces with the SCP 50 using application-layer SIP-9 over dynamic (during registration) and nailed-up (during call notification) TCP/IP connections across the secure intranet or secure wide area network (WAN). The application protocol contains a start message (i.e., SIP invite), a unique identifier (i.e., caller ID) for multiplexing/de-multiplexing, and an Internet IP address that will be used by the ICID server 55 and the SCP 50 for routing purposes.
  • During registration, the ICID server [0079] 55 dynamically opens a TCP/IP session with the SCP 50. The SCP 50 and the ICID server 55 exchange SIP message over TCP/IP using one nailed up socket connection per ICID server. A port at the SCP 50, acting as a server, receives SIP registration messages sent by the subscriber's PC 30 via the ICID server 55. In performing authentication, the SCP 50 determines if the subscriber's DN key exists and validates the subscriber's PIN. If successful, the SCP 50 keeps the IP address and session key. The SCP 50 then passes a registration success message to the ICID server 55. If not successful, an error message is returned to the ICID server 55. Alternatively, the SCP 50 may write the IP address and session key to an Real Time Database (RTDB) table at a registration server. In this case, the SCP 50 attempts to match the TAT DN found in the RTDB table. If a match is made, the IP address and session will be set.
  • The ICID server [0080] 55 then sends the message to the client software 40 via the Internet. A newly created session key for each session is used by the ICID server 55 and the client software to encrypt/decrypt the message body of all SIP messages transmitted between these two components during call notification.
  • Alternatively, registration may be handled by a separate registration server that communicates with the SCP [0081] 50 and/or other network elements. Further, the service may be implemented, for example, through the system disclosed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/545,459 to ADAMS et al., filed on Apr. 7, 2000, the disclosure of which is expressly incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.
  • FIG. 2 shows an exemplary flowchart diagram of the ICID SCP Service Logic, according to an aspect of the present invention. At step s[0082] 2 a query, including the called party's telephone number, is received by the SCP 50. The service logic then will recognize whether the subscriber has AIN calling name subscription. If the NPA-NXX is out of region, the SCP 50 will invoke a calling name request through SCP CNAME logic via a query to a CNAME database, or alternatively a LIDB, at step s4 (subject to an agreement between telecommunications carriers). As a result, the calling party name, if available, will be passed to the client software 40. At step s6, a determination is made as to whether the call has a presentation restriction (PR) value that is restricted or unavailable. If a call is received with a PR value of anonymous, a determination is made at step s8 as to whether the subscriber has a privacy manager feature. If the subscriber has a privacy manager feature, the caller is given the opportunity to remove the anonymous PR value at step s10. If the caller does not remove the anonymous PR value at step s10, the call is sent to an appropriate announcement and then is disconnected. If the subscriber does not have the privacy manager feature, or if the caller removes the anonymous PR value, processing continues at step s12. Or at step s6, if the call does not have a PR value, then processing continues at step s12.
  • At step s[0083] 12, a determination is made as to whether the subscriber has anonymous call rejection (ACR). If the subscriber has ACR, a determination is made at step s14 as to whether the call has a PR value of private. If the call has a PR value of private, then the call is sent to an appropriate announcement and then is disconnected. If a private PR value for the call is not found, or if the caller does not have ACR, then processing continues at step s16.
  • At step s[0084] 16, a determination is made as to whether the subscriber is online with an active Internet connection. If the subscriber is not online with an active Internet connection, the SCP 50 will send an authorize termination response to the SSP and the call to the subscriber's line is terminated at step s18. If it is determined at step s16 that the subscriber is online with ICID turned ON, then the SCP 50 will instruct the SSP to play a “please hold” announcement to the caller. Alternatively, the determination of whether the subscriber is online with an active Internet connection may be made prior to the determination of whether the subscriber has ACR.
  • At step s[0085] 20, a determination is made as to whether a sleep bit is set for the subscriber. A sleep condition occurs when an xDSL subscriber is not currently active with an Internet session. If a sleep bit is set, then the SCP 50 sends the caller ID information to the ICID server 55 at step s22, which is passed to the subscriber via TCP/IP as the call is terminated to the caller's line at step s24. The caller ID information is stored in the subscriber's caller ID log, as will be shown later. If it is determined at step s20 that a sleep bit is not set, then processing continues at step s26.
  • At step s[0086] 26, a determination is made as to whether the subscriber has activated a voice mail feature that directs all incoming calls the a voice mail platform. If the voice mail feature is active, then the “please hold” announcement is discontinued and an announcement is played to the caller at step s28 indicating that the call is being transferred to voice mail. Additionally, the SCP 50 sends the caller ID information to the ICID server 55 at step s30, which is passed to the client software at step s34 via TCP/IP and is stored in the subscriber's caller ID log, as will be shown later. Additionally, the call is directed to the subscriber's voice mail. If the subscriber has not activated a voice mail feature, or does not have one, then the “please hold” announcement is discontinued and the SCP 50 sends the caller ID information to the ICID server 55 at step s32, which is passed to the client software 40 at step s34 via TCP/IP and is stored in the subscriber's caller ID log. The caller identification information is presented to the caller with an audible alert, as will be discussed. Additionally, the caller is presented with a plurality of call disposition options.
  • FIG. 3 is an exemplary ICID call flow for an ICID subscriber. At step [0087] 1, a telephone call is placed to an ICID subscriber. A TAT in the terminating CO SSP 20 causes the call to be suspended at the SSP 20 at step 2 to determine the subscriber's online status. The trigger also causes the SSP 20 to transmit an AIN query message including the CPN (if available) and CDN via the SS7 network and the appropriate STPs to the ICID subscriber's serving SCP 50. If the subscriber is not online or has the ICID turned OFF, the SCP 50 sends an Authorize_Termination response to the SSP 20, that will terminate the call to the subscriber's line. As the calls attempts to terminate, it will encounter any features programmed on the ICID subscriber's line, e.g., call waiting, call forwarding, etc.
  • At step [0088] 3, the SCP 50 does a lookup for the CNAME in a CNAME database 70 if the CPN was delivered with the query and the presentation restriction indicator for the incoming call is “allowed”. Alternatively, the SCP 50 may perform a lookup in a LIDB (not shown). If the NPA-NXX is out of region and the telecommunications carrier has an agreement with the carrier in that region, the SCP 50 will re-query for the name. If no agreement exists, the state name (e.g., “Texas Call”) is the default. If a call is received with a presentation restriction indicator of “anonymous” and the ICID subscriber has a privacy manager feature on their line, a privacy manager screen (not shown) may be displayed to the subscriber. If a call is received with a presentation restriction indicator of “private” and the ICID subscriber has anonymous call rejection (ACR), then the SCP 50 will not continue with the SCP logic will invoke ACR processing.
  • At step [0089] 4, the SCP 50 checks to see if the called party, using the CDN, is a subscriber to the ICID service, or to the ICID customized audible alert service. Also at step 4, the SCP 50 determines if the subscriber is online and if the subscriber has provisioned that incoming calls be directed to voice mail or forwarded to an alternate number. The SCP 50 also determines whether the subscriber is connected to the Internet via xDSL connection. If the subscriber is connected to the Internet via an xDSL connection, the SCP 50 checks to see if a sleep bit is set. A sleep condition exists when an xDSL user is not currently active in their Internet session. If the sleep bit is set, the calling party is automatically routed to the subscriber's phone to ring. If the subscriber is online, with ICID service active, the IP address, port number and ICID subscriber information variables are populated at step 4.
  • At step [0090] 5, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to play a “please hold” announcement to the calling party. At step 6, the SCP 50 sends an SIP invite request to the ICID server 55. The SIP invite request contains the CDN, CPN if available and not presentation restricted(CPN), calling party name (if available and not presentation restricted), subscriber's IP address, and session key. At step 7, the ICID server 55 formats an Internet message to the client software 40 on the ICID subscriber's PC 30 that causes a sound file to be played to the subscriber at step 8. In addition, the message causes a screen to be displayed on the subscriber's monitor, informing them of the incoming call (i.e., calling name and calling number) and presenting them with several call disposition options.
  • If a dial-up subscriber elects to accept the call, the client software [0091] 40 responds to the ICID server 55 with an SIP message, sends a de-registration request to the SCP 50, and begins to terminate the subscriber's Internet session. As a result, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to discontinue the “please hold” announcement and instructs the SSP 20 to play a “will take your call” announcement, after which the call is terminated to the subscriber's line.
  • If an xDSL subscriber elects to accept the call, the client software [0092] 40 responds to the ICID server 55 with an SIP message and leaves the PC client registered and active. As a result, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to discontinue the “please hold” announcement and the call is terminated to the subscriber.
  • If a dial-up or xDSL subscriber elects to send the incoming call to voice mail, the client software [0093] 40 sends an SIP message to the ICID server 55 including a forward to number of the subscriber's voice mail platform, which is forwarded to the SCP 50. As a result, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to discontinue the “please hold” announcement, instructs the SSP 20 to play a “forwarding to voice mail” announcement, and sends a forward to voice mail response to the SSP 20 that initiates the forward to voice mail process.
  • If a dial-up or xDSL subscriber elects to forward the incoming call to another number, the client software [0094] 40 sends an SIP message to the ICID server 55 including a forward to number as selected by the subscriber, which is forwarded to the SCP 50. As a result, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to discontinue the “please hold” announcement, instructs the SSP 20 to play a “forwarding to another number” announcement, and sends a forward call response to the SSP 20 that initiates the call forwarding process.
  • If a dial-up or xDSL subscriber elects to send the call to an announcement, the client software [0095] 40 sends an SIP message to the ICID server 55 with the subscriber's selection, which is forwarded to the SCP 50. As a result, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to discontinue the “please hold” announcement and instructs the SSP 20 to play the announcement selected by the subscriber. As discussed earlier, the announcement may advise the calling party that the subscriber will return the call at a later time, or the announcement may request that the calling party attempt the call at a later time. The announcements may be played to the incoming caller in English and/or another language such as Spanish, as determined by the subscriber. After the announcement is played to the incoming caller, the call is disconnected.
  • If a dial-up or xDSL subscriber elects to ignore the call, the client software [0096] 40 sends an SIP message to the ICID server 55 with the subscriber's selection, which is forwarded to the SCP 50. As a result, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to discontinue the “please hold” announcement. If the subscriber has an active xDSL connection, a busy tone announcement is played to the calling party, after which the call is disconnected. If the subscriber has a dial-up connection, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to forward the call to voice mail using the forward call response. If the subscriber does not have voice mail, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to route the call to the subscriber. If the subscriber does not respond within a predetermined time (e.g., 18 seconds), a busy tone announcement is played to the calling party, after which the call is disconnected.
  • If a dial-up or xDSL subscriber selects a do not disturb option, the client software [0097] 40 sends an SIP message to the ICID server 55 with the subscriber's selection, which is forwarded to the SCP 50. As a result, the SCP 50 instructs the SSP 20 to discontinue the “please hold” announcement and no sound file or pop-up window is presented to the subscriber. Instead, the call is logged to the caller ID log and the call is routed to the subscriber's voice mail platform or to the busy tone announcement if the subscriber does not have voice mail.
  • Associating sound files to telephone numbers and/or names will now be discussed. The subscriber may configure audible call alerts using canned sound files that are automatically downloaded with client software [0098] 40 or sound files available from other sources. Further, the subscriber may create their own sound files including, for example, clips from songs, spoken words, downloaded or recorded sounds, etc.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates an exemplary sound file assignment directory used by the subscriber to associate sound files with telephone numbers. The sound file assignment directory may be completed using the client software [0099] 40. Each record in the directory includes the name and/or telephone number of persons from which the subscriber expects to receive telephone calls. The sound file assignment directory 100 includes a name column 101, telephone number column 102, and a sound file column 103. The sound file assignment directory includes horizontal rows 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, and 110. An account identifier 111 may be provided that identifies the subscriber using, for example, the subscriber's name and account number. The name column 101 includes the names of each person that the subscriber has entered in the directory. That is, in column 101, the subscriber may enter the names of persons from whom the subscriber expects to receive calls. In column 102, the subscriber enters the telephone numbers corresponding to each of the names in column 101. Alternatively, the subscriber may enter just the name or just the telephone number of persons from whom the subscriber expects to receive calls.
  • The subscriber completes each record in the directory by associating the name and/or telephone number in column(s) [0100] 101 and/or 102 with a sound file by entering the name of a sound file in the column 103. For example, referring to row 104, the subscriber assigned a file named “mom.wav” to the their mother's home telephone number. Thus, Jane Doe 214-987-1234 points to the “mom.wav” file. Accordingly, when the Jane Doe, the subscriber's mother, calls the subscriber from home (i.e., calling party number 214-987-1234) and the subscriber is on the Internet, the client software 40 instructs the “mom.wav” file to play, e.g., “It's mom”. Additionally, a pop-up window may be displayed to the subscriber on the display 35 containing the telephone number and/or name of the caller and various call disposition options.
  • The client software [0101] 40 permits multiple telephone numbers to point to the same sound file. That is, the subscriber may assign a particular sound file to two or more different telephone numbers and/or names. Referring to row 105, subscriber also assigned the file named “mom.wav” to the their mother's work telephone number. Accordingly, when Jane Doe calls the subscriber from work (i.e., CPN 214-987-5678) and the subscriber is on the Internet, the client software 40 instructs the “mom.wav” file to play, e.g., “It's mom”. Additionally, a pop-up window may be displayed to the subscriber on the display 35 containing the telephone number and/or name of the caller and various call disposition options.
  • Referring to row [0102] 109, the subscriber assigned a file named “unavailable.wav” to those calls having names and/or telephone numbers that are unavailable, or otherwise not displayed, e.g., “anonymous”, “unavailable”, “out of area”, “private”, etc. Accordingly, when a caller calls with a name and/or telephone number that is not displayable, the client software 40 instructs the “unavailable.wav” file to play, e.g., “Caller identity not available”. Additionally, a pop-up window may be displayed to the subscriber on the display 35 indicating “anonymous”, “unavailable”, “out of area”, “private”, etc., as well as various call disposition options.
  • Referring to row [0103] 110, the subscriber assigned a file named “privacymanager.wav” to those calls in which a privacy manager screening service applies, i.e., “anonymous”, “unavailable”, “out of area”, “private”, etc. With the privacy manager screening service, the callers of these types of calls (i.e., “anonymous”, “unavailable”, “out of area”, “private”, etc.) must enter an access code or announce their name before the call is terminated to the subscriber. If the caller announces their name, the client software 40 instructs the “privacymanager.wav” file to play, e.g., “Privacy Manager”. Additionally, a pop-up window may be displayed to the subscriber on the display 35 indicating “Privacy Manager”, as well as various call disposition options.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates an exemplary caller ID log. The caller ID log [0104] 200 includes a name column 201, telephone number column 202, date column 203, time column 204, disposition column 205, and sound file column 206. The log includes horizontal rows 207, 208, 209, 210 and 211. An account identifier 212 may be provided that identifies the subscriber using, for example, the subscriber's name and account number. The client software receives and stores caller identification information for every incoming call in the appropriate column of the caller ID log 200. The caller ID log 200 displays the calls to the subscriber's line, including the name and telephone number of the calling party (if available), the date and time of the call, the disposition chosen by the subscriber, and the sound file that played. Using a tool associated with the client software 40, the subscriber may extract information from the caller ID log 200 to populate the sound file assignment directory 100 shown in FIG. 4.
  • FIG. 6 is an exemplary flowchart diagram of ICID audible alert call processing, according to the present invention. At step s[0105] 1, the client software 40 receives the caller identification information via TCP/IP from the ICID server 55. At step s3, the client software 40 performs a lookup in the sound file assignment directory, for example, to ascertain whether the incoming CPN points to a particular sound file, as assigned by the caller. If no associated sound file is found for a calling party number, the client software directs caller identification information, if available, to be presented to the subscriber via a pop-up window at step s7. If a sound file associated with the incoming CPN is located at step s5, the client software 40 directs the assigned sound file to be played at step s9. The subscriber may also receive caller identification (i.e., CPN and name), if available, via a pop-up window, for example, on the subscriber's display 35. In either instance (i.e., step s7 or step s9), the subscriber is presented with various call disposition options. As previously discussed, the disposition options available to the subscriber include accepting the call, ignoring the call, sending the call to voice mail, forwarding the call to an alternate number, sending the call to an announcement informing the caller to try the caller later, sending the call to an announcement advising the caller that the subscriber will return the caller's call later, etc. At step s11, the subscriber selects a call disposition option that is forwarded to the ICID server 55 via TCP/IP. The subscriber may toggle the audible alert ON or OFF as desired, using the client software 40.
  • As a result, the service allows a subscriber to predetermine the sound file that plays, according to the CPN, when they receive a call while being actively connected to the Internet. [0106]
  • Although the invention has been described with reference to several exemplary embodiments, it is understood that the words that have been used are words of description and illustration, rather than words of limitation. Changes may be made within the purview of the appended claims, as presently stated and as amended, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention in its aspects. Although the invention has been described with reference to particular means, materials and embodiments, the invention is not intended to be limited to the particulars disclosed; rather, the invention extends to all functionally equivalent structures, methods, and uses such as are within the scope of the appended claims. [0107]
  • In accordance with various embodiments of the present invention, the methods described herein are intended for operation as software programs running on a computer processor. Dedicated hardware implementations including, but not limited to, application specific integrated circuits, programmable logic arrays and other hardware devices can likewise be constructed to implement the methods described herein. Furthermore, alternative software implementations including, but not limited to, distributed processing or component/object distributed processing, parallel processing, or virtual machine processing can also be constructed to implement the methods described herein. [0108]
  • It should also be noted that the software implementations of the present invention as described herein are optionally stored on a tangible storage medium, such as: a magnetic medium such as a disk or tape; a magneto-optical or optical medium such as a disk; or a solid state medium such as a memory card or other package that houses one or more read-only (non-volatile) memories, random access memories, or other re-writable (volatile) memories. A digital file attachment to e-mail or other self-contained information archive or set of archives is considered a distribution medium equivalent to a tangible storage medium. Accordingly, the invention is considered to include a tangible storage medium or distribution medium, as listed herein and including art-recognized equivalents and successor media, in which the software implementations herein are stored. [0109]
  • Although the present specification describes components and functions implemented in the embodiments with reference to particular standards and protocols, the invention is not limited to such standards and protocols. Each of the standards for Internet and other packet-switched network transmission (e.g., TCP/IP, UDP/IP, HTML, SHTML, DHTML, XML, PPP, FTP, SMTP, MIME); peripheral control (IrDA; RS232C; USB; ISA; ExCA; PCMCIA), & public telephone networks (ISDN, ATM, xDSL) represent examples of the state of the art. Such standards are periodically superseded by faster or more efficient equivalents having essentially the same functions. Accordingly, replacement standards and protocols having the same functions are considered equivalents. [0110]

Claims (22)

What is claimed is:
1. A method for allowing a subscriber connected to the Internet to receive a customized call alert associated with an incoming call from a calling party to the subscriber, comprising:
determining that the subscriber is actively connected to the Internet via an always on connection;
sending a message including identification information associated with the calling party, via the Internet, to software on the subscriber's computer; and
initiating a sound file associated with the received identification information.
2. The method according to claim 1, wherein the identification information comprises at least one of a name of the calling party and a telephone number of the calling party.
3. The method according to claim 2, wherein the initiating comprises determining whether the at least one of the name of the calling party and the telephone number of the calling party is associated with a unique sound file.
4. The method according to claim 1, wherein the identification information comprises an indication that a name of the calling party and a telephone number of the calling party are not available.
5. The method according to claim 4, wherein the initiating comprises determining whether the indication is associated with a unique sound file.
6. The method according to claim 1, wherein the identification information comprises a notification that the incoming call has been screened with a privacy manager feature on the subscriber's line.
7. The method according to claim 6, wherein the initiating comprises determining whether the notification is associated with a unique sound file.
8. The method according to claim 1, further comprising receiving a subscriber's disposition selection via the Internet.
9. The method according to claim 8, further comprising processing the call in response to the subscriber's disposition selection.
10. The method according to claim 1, wherein the always on connection comprises an xDSL connection.
11. A computer readable medium for storing a computer program that allows a subscriber connected to the Internet to receive a customized call alert associated with an incoming call from a calling party to the subscriber, said medium comprising:
a sound file determining source code segment that determines whether identification information associated with the calling party is associated with a unique sound file, the determination being made when the subscriber is actively connected to the Internet via an always on connection; and
a launching source code segment that launches a unique sound file based on identification information associated with the calling party.
12. The computer readable medium according to claim 11, wherein the identification information comprises at least one of a name of the calling party and a telephone number of the calling party.
13. The computer readable medium according to claim 12, further comprising an associating source code segment that associates the unique sound file with the at least one of the name of the calling party and the telephone number of the calling party.
14. The computer readable medium according to claim 11, wherein the identification information comprises an indication that a name of the calling party and a telephone number of the calling party are not available.
15. The computer readable medium according to claim 14, further comprising an associating source code segment that associates the unique sound file with the indication.
16. The computer readable medium according to claim 11, wherein the identification information comprises a notification that the incoming call has been screened with a privacy manager feature on the subscriber's line.
17. The computer readable medium according to claim 16, further comprising an associating source code segment that associates the unique sound file with the notification.
18. The computer readable medium according to claim 11, further comprising a presenting source code segment that presents the identification information to the subscriber.
19. The computer readable medium according to claim 11, further comprising a presenting source code segment that presents call disposition options to the subscriber.
20. The computer readable medium according to claim 19, further comprising an accepting source code segment that accepts a subscriber's disposition selection.
21. The computer readable medium according to claim 20, further comprising a sending source code segment that sends the subscriber's disposition selection to an Internet caller identification server via the Internet.
22. The computer readable medium according to claim 11, wherein the always on connection comprises an xDSL connection.
US10/778,067 2002-02-19 2004-02-17 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification Active 2023-07-27 US7450701B2 (en)

Priority Applications (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US10/076,525 US6718021B2 (en) 2002-02-19 2002-02-19 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification
US10/778,067 US7450701B2 (en) 2002-02-19 2004-02-17 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US10/778,067 US7450701B2 (en) 2002-02-19 2004-02-17 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification

Related Parent Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US10/076,525 Continuation US6718021B2 (en) 2002-02-19 2002-02-19 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification

Publications (2)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20040161083A1 true US20040161083A1 (en) 2004-08-19
US7450701B2 US7450701B2 (en) 2008-11-11

Family

ID=27732508

Family Applications (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US10/076,525 Expired - Fee Related US6718021B2 (en) 2002-02-19 2002-02-19 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification
US10/778,067 Active 2023-07-27 US7450701B2 (en) 2002-02-19 2004-02-17 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification

Family Applications Before (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US10/076,525 Expired - Fee Related US6718021B2 (en) 2002-02-19 2002-02-19 Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (2) US6718021B2 (en)

Cited By (11)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20050111644A1 (en) * 2003-11-26 2005-05-26 Michael Edwards Call ticker
US20060251232A1 (en) * 2005-05-06 2006-11-09 Cingular Wireless Ii, Llc Enhanced alerting system
US20070036136A1 (en) * 2005-07-30 2007-02-15 Barclay Deborah L Network support for Caller ID verification
US20070047724A1 (en) * 2005-08-29 2007-03-01 Nec Infrontia Corporation Voice call system adapted to support computer terminal
US20070076858A1 (en) * 2003-09-05 2007-04-05 Klaus Hoffmann Method for supporting the name delivery feature for mixed tdm networks/ sip centrex communication architectures.
US20080148151A1 (en) * 2006-12-18 2008-06-19 Ebay Inc. One way sound
US20080201299A1 (en) * 2004-06-30 2008-08-21 Nokia Corporation Method and System for Managing Metadata
US7995563B2 (en) 1999-04-09 2011-08-09 At&T Labs, Inc. Internet caller identification system and method
US20120226815A1 (en) * 2011-03-02 2012-09-06 Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. Secure management of sip user credentials
US20130103926A1 (en) * 2011-06-22 2013-04-25 International Business Machines Corporation Establishing a data communications connection between a lightweight kernel in a compute node of a parallel computer and an input-output ('i/o') node of the parallel computer
US8441962B1 (en) * 2010-04-09 2013-05-14 Sprint Spectrum L.P. Method, device, and system for real-time call announcement

Families Citing this family (89)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP0948859A1 (en) * 1996-08-14 1999-10-13 Northern Telecom Limited Internet-based telephone call manager
US8640160B2 (en) 1997-01-06 2014-01-28 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Method and system for providing targeted advertisements
US6496692B1 (en) 1999-12-06 2002-12-17 Michael E. Shanahan Methods and apparatuses for programming user-defined information into electronic devices
US8170538B2 (en) 1999-12-06 2012-05-01 Solocron Media, Llc Methods and apparatuses for programming user-defined information into electronic devices
US7149509B2 (en) * 1999-12-06 2006-12-12 Twenty Year Innovations, Inc. Methods and apparatuses for programming user-defined information into electronic devices
US6937713B1 (en) * 1999-12-30 2005-08-30 At&T Corp. IP call forward profile
US7388949B2 (en) * 2000-12-28 2008-06-17 At&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc. System and method for audio caller identification service
US7012999B2 (en) * 2001-06-25 2006-03-14 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Audio caller identification
US7085358B2 (en) 2001-06-25 2006-08-01 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Visual caller identification
US7315614B2 (en) 2001-08-14 2008-01-01 At&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc. Remote notification of communications
US7269249B2 (en) 2001-09-28 2007-09-11 At&T Bls Intellectual Property, Inc. Systems and methods for providing user profile information in conjunction with an enhanced caller information system
US7079837B1 (en) * 2001-11-06 2006-07-18 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Caller identification queue for wireless telephones
US7587323B2 (en) * 2001-12-14 2009-09-08 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. System and method for developing tailored content
US7212979B1 (en) 2001-12-14 2007-05-01 Bellsouth Intellectuall Property Corporation System and method for identifying desirable subscribers
US9967633B1 (en) 2001-12-14 2018-05-08 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. System and method for utilizing television viewing patterns
US20110178877A1 (en) * 2001-12-14 2011-07-21 Swix Scott R Advertising and content management systems and methods
US7086075B2 (en) * 2001-12-21 2006-08-01 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Method and system for managing timed responses to A/V events in television programming
US8477758B2 (en) 2001-12-21 2013-07-02 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Voice over network (VoN)/voice over internet protocol (VoIP) architect having hotline and optional tie line
US7391761B1 (en) 2001-12-21 2008-06-24 At&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc. System and method for voice over internet protocol using a standard telephone system
US7801289B2 (en) * 2001-12-21 2010-09-21 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Voice-over network (VoN)/voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) architect using advance intelligent network alternatives
US7315618B1 (en) 2001-12-27 2008-01-01 At&T Bls Intellectual Property, Inc. Voice caller ID
US8086491B1 (en) 2001-12-31 2011-12-27 At&T Intellectual Property I, L. P. Method and system for targeted content distribution using tagged data streams
US6718021B2 (en) * 2002-02-19 2004-04-06 Sbc Properties, L.P. Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification
US7526076B2 (en) * 2002-03-29 2009-04-28 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Audio delivery of caller identification information
US7729487B2 (en) * 2002-03-29 2010-06-01 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Custom ringtones for wireline telephones
US7162019B1 (en) * 2002-03-29 2007-01-09 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corp. System and method for privacy screening
US7542773B2 (en) * 2002-03-29 2009-06-02 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Customized alerts for incoming data messages
US7729687B2 (en) * 2002-04-01 2010-06-01 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Audio delivery of callerid information to a wireless communications device
US7130400B2 (en) * 2002-04-27 2006-10-31 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Graphical animation and sound for Internet Call-Waiting messages
US6931117B2 (en) * 2002-06-21 2005-08-16 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Caller control of internet call waiting
US7317714B2 (en) * 2002-06-21 2008-01-08 At&T Deleware Intellectual Property, Inc. Internet call waiting messaging
US7139374B1 (en) 2002-07-23 2006-11-21 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corp. System and method for gathering information related to a geographical location of a callee in a public switched telephone network
US7623645B1 (en) 2002-07-23 2009-11-24 At&T Intellectual Property, I, L.P. System and method for gathering information related to a geographical location of a caller in a public switched telephone network
US7027842B2 (en) * 2002-09-24 2006-04-11 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Apparatus and method for providing hands-free operation of a device
US7899500B2 (en) * 2002-09-24 2011-03-01 At&T Intellectual Property I, L. P. Apparatus and method for providing hands-free operation of a device
US7184527B1 (en) * 2002-09-30 2007-02-27 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation System and method for monitoring and handling telecommunication activity via a computer network
US6901139B2 (en) 2002-10-28 2005-05-31 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Calling party ringtone selection in telephone system
US8204203B1 (en) * 2002-12-18 2012-06-19 At&T Intellectual Property Ii, L.P. Method of managing circuit switched and internet protocol telephone lines associated with a digital subscriber line service
US7330483B1 (en) 2002-12-19 2008-02-12 At&T Corp. Session initiation protocol (SIP) message incorporating a multi-purpose internet mail extension (MIME) media type for describing the content and format of information included in the SIP message
US7099653B2 (en) * 2002-12-20 2006-08-29 International Business Machines Corporation Pre-connection call authentication within a telephony network
US20040148226A1 (en) * 2003-01-28 2004-07-29 Shanahan Michael E. Method and apparatus for electronic product information and business transactions
US20040187021A1 (en) * 2003-02-10 2004-09-23 Rasanen Juha A. Mobile network having IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) entities and solutions for providing simplification of operations and compatibility between different IMS entities
US7443964B2 (en) 2003-04-18 2008-10-28 At&T Intellectual Property, I,L.P. Caller ID messaging
US7463727B2 (en) * 2003-04-18 2008-12-09 At&T International Property, I, L.P. Caller ID messaging device
US7978833B2 (en) * 2003-04-18 2011-07-12 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Private caller ID messaging
US7715538B2 (en) * 2003-04-29 2010-05-11 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Privacy screening services
US7113577B2 (en) * 2003-10-17 2006-09-26 Sprint Communications Company L.P. Caller identification employing a digital content set
US7623849B2 (en) 2003-11-13 2009-11-24 At&T Intellectual Property, I, L.P. Method, system, and storage medium for providing comprehensive originator identification services
US8677384B2 (en) 2003-12-12 2014-03-18 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Methods and systems for network based capture of television viewer generated clickstreams
US7483519B2 (en) 2003-12-23 2009-01-27 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Caller controlled systems to suppress system to de-activate 911 indicator
US7672444B2 (en) * 2003-12-24 2010-03-02 At&T Intellectual Property, I, L.P. Client survey systems and methods using caller identification information
US6970546B2 (en) * 2004-01-12 2005-11-29 Bellsouth Intellecutal Property Corp. Intelligent remote caller ID
US7620156B2 (en) 2006-06-06 2009-11-17 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Systems and methods for providing location signals/indicators when 911 dialed
US7068760B2 (en) * 2004-01-30 2006-06-27 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation Systems and methods for providing location signals/indicators when 911 dialed
US20060115057A1 (en) * 2004-04-30 2006-06-01 Donald Laliberte Method and system for control of a voice/data communications device using a radio frequency component
US7783013B2 (en) 2004-04-30 2010-08-24 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Method and system for routing emergency communications
US7580405B2 (en) 2004-05-27 2009-08-25 At&T Intellectual Property I, L. P. Method and system for routing emergency data communications
US7693553B2 (en) 2004-06-30 2010-04-06 Avaya Inc. Intelligent ringtone service
US20060003813A1 (en) * 2004-06-30 2006-01-05 Seligmann Doree D Intelligent ringtones
US8195136B2 (en) 2004-07-15 2012-06-05 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Methods of providing caller identification information and related registries and radiotelephone networks
KR101149968B1 (en) * 2004-07-30 2012-06-04 텔레폰악티에볼라겟엘엠에릭슨(펍) A method and device for providing correlation means in hybrid telecommunication networks
US7751550B2 (en) * 2004-08-16 2010-07-06 Aspect Software, Inc. Method of providing status information within an ACD
US7626950B2 (en) * 2004-08-18 2009-12-01 At&T Intellectual Property, I,L.P. SIP-based session control among a plurality of multimedia devices
US7630328B2 (en) * 2004-08-18 2009-12-08 At&T Intellectual Property, I,L.P. SIP-based session control
US20060029195A1 (en) * 2004-08-18 2006-02-09 Karen Mullis Methods, apparatus and computer program products for message notification in a voice over internet protocol communication system
US7937485B2 (en) * 2004-08-31 2011-05-03 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Streaming gateway
US20060194626A1 (en) * 2005-02-28 2006-08-31 Nokia Corporation Defined ringing tone segments in an audio source
US7580513B2 (en) * 2005-03-22 2009-08-25 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Telephone call log email
US7283829B2 (en) * 2005-03-25 2007-10-16 Cisco Technology, Inc. Management of call requests in multi-modal communication environments
US7688954B2 (en) * 2005-05-12 2010-03-30 Cisco Technology, Inc. System and method for identifying caller
JP2008546358A (en) * 2005-06-09 2008-12-18 インターオーピー・テクノロジーズ・エルエルシー System and method for karaoke type ringback tone and karaoke formula ringtone
US20070058637A1 (en) * 2005-09-14 2007-03-15 Tun Han Felix Lo Method for multi-channel multi-device call transfer
US20070072594A1 (en) * 2005-09-21 2007-03-29 Rami Caspi Method and apparatus for enhanced distributed indication of VoIP telephone calls
US20070268886A1 (en) * 2005-09-21 2007-11-22 Rami Caspi Method and apparatus for distributed indication of VoIP telephone calls
US8744052B2 (en) * 2005-12-01 2014-06-03 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. System and method for detecting false caller ID
US7391231B2 (en) * 2006-06-19 2008-06-24 International Business Machines Corporation Switch selectable terminator for differential and pseudo-differential signaling
FR2907294A1 (en) * 2006-10-16 2008-04-18 France Telecom Method for routing a SIP message in the event of unavailability of intermediate nodes
US20080147497A1 (en) * 2006-12-13 2008-06-19 Tischer Steven N Advertising and content management systems and methods
US8451999B2 (en) * 2006-12-15 2013-05-28 Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. Interactive communication session director
US8731146B2 (en) 2007-01-04 2014-05-20 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Call re-directed based on voice command
US8243909B2 (en) 2007-08-22 2012-08-14 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Programmable caller ID
US8160226B2 (en) 2007-08-22 2012-04-17 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Key word programmable caller ID
US20090125948A1 (en) * 2007-11-12 2009-05-14 Cisco Technology, Inc. Communication Processing Based on Television Use
US7474745B1 (en) * 2008-04-24 2009-01-06 International Business Machines Corporation System and method to handle phone line services during modem dial-up connection
US8391445B2 (en) * 2008-11-10 2013-03-05 International Business Machines Corporation Caller identification using voice recognition
US8254542B2 (en) * 2009-08-25 2012-08-28 Bank Of America Corporation Phone key authentication
US20110202956A1 (en) * 2010-02-16 2011-08-18 Comcast Cable Communications, Llc Disposition of video alerts and integration of a mobile device into a local service domain
FR2998127A1 (en) * 2012-11-12 2014-05-16 France Telecom Process for resolution of a telephone number carries a network resource identifier
US9402170B1 (en) * 2015-01-29 2016-07-26 Vonage Business Inc. Method and system for providing informative incoming call alerts

Citations (97)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3934079A (en) * 1973-10-26 1976-01-20 Jerrold Electronics Corporation Bilateral communications system for distributing commerical and premium video signaling on an accountable basis
US4191860A (en) * 1978-07-13 1980-03-04 Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated Data base communication call processing method
US4313035A (en) * 1980-01-18 1982-01-26 Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated Method of providing person locator service
US4338492A (en) * 1980-01-02 1982-07-06 Zenith Radio Corporation Television receiver with two-way telephone conversation capability
US4349701A (en) * 1980-01-02 1982-09-14 Zenith Radio Corporation Television receiver with two-way telephone conversation and dial-out capabilities
US4356509A (en) * 1981-03-12 1982-10-26 Zenith Radio Corporation Microcomputer-controlled television/telephone system and method therefore
US4405946A (en) * 1982-02-16 1983-09-20 Rca Corporation Television signal converting apparatus providing an on-screen tuning display
US4456925A (en) * 1982-10-04 1984-06-26 Zenith Radio Corporation Television/telephone system with automatic dialing
US4582956A (en) * 1983-07-12 1986-04-15 At&T Bell Laboratories Method and apparatus for displaying at a selected station special service information during a silent interval between ringing
US4611094A (en) * 1983-12-01 1986-09-09 At&T Bell Laboratories Method for customer definable telephone capability
US4611096A (en) * 1983-12-01 1986-09-09 At&T Bell Laboratories Telephone office service assist and handoff
US4757267A (en) * 1987-06-17 1988-07-12 Applied Telematics, Inc. Telephone system for connecting a customer to a supplier of goods
US4765020A (en) * 1987-11-30 1988-08-23 Weihe Clyde R Silverware washing machine
US4802199A (en) * 1987-06-22 1989-01-31 American Telephone And Telegraph Company Method and apparatus for providing virtual facility communication service
US4805210A (en) * 1987-09-10 1989-02-14 Griffith Jr Herbert L Automatic telephone line sharing and lockout apparatus
US4805205A (en) * 1980-06-11 1989-02-14 Andre Faye Method and device for establishing bidirectional communications between persons located at different geographically distant stations
US4852151A (en) * 1988-02-24 1989-07-25 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. Modem with call waiting
US4873719A (en) * 1988-11-18 1989-10-10 Morris Reese Enhanced calling number delivery service system
US4899373A (en) * 1986-11-28 1990-02-06 American Telephone And Telegraph Company At&T Bell Laboratories Method and apparatus for providing personalized telephone subscriber features at remote locations
US4922523A (en) * 1984-12-29 1990-05-01 Hashimoto Corporation Videotex with telephone call screening system
US4924496A (en) * 1988-05-12 1990-05-08 Romek Figa D/B/A Abraham & Sons Automatic incoming telephone call originating number and party display system
US4989081A (en) * 1988-11-14 1991-01-29 Sony Corporation Home-bus-information system
US4995074A (en) * 1989-04-03 1991-02-19 Goldman Bruce J Switched line modem interface system
US5029199A (en) * 1989-08-10 1991-07-02 Boston Technology Distributed control and storage for a large capacity messaging system
US5046093A (en) * 1989-09-05 1991-09-03 General Instrument Corporation CATV subscriber apparatus with intelligent remote control
US5046079A (en) * 1988-10-14 1991-09-03 Hashimoto Corporation Telephone answering device with TV telephone
US5054055A (en) * 1990-04-26 1991-10-01 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Telephone system and method for the intelligent use of individual calling line identification information
US5061992A (en) * 1989-01-24 1991-10-29 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Tv phone communication system and apparatus therefor
US5083205A (en) * 1989-07-18 1992-01-21 Sony Corporation Television receiver with memory recall of television broadcast channel and system
US5099331A (en) * 1987-09-04 1992-03-24 Texas Instruments Incorporated Apparatus for overlaying a displayed image with a second image
US5109279A (en) * 1988-03-28 1992-04-28 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Television receiver with teletext receiving function and a method for superimposing a teletext picture on a television picture
US5117452A (en) * 1989-09-29 1992-05-26 David Callele Telephone interface for a computer for receiving and transmitting information during the silent interval between ringing
US5138649A (en) * 1990-11-16 1992-08-11 General Instrument Corporation Portable telephone handset with remote control
US5148275A (en) * 1990-11-15 1992-09-15 Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. Second video program
US5247571A (en) * 1992-02-28 1993-09-21 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Area wide centrex
US5315641A (en) * 1992-10-14 1994-05-24 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Public switched telephone network access to public data network
US5333183A (en) * 1992-03-13 1994-07-26 Moscom Corporation Universal MDR data record collection and reporting system
US5353331A (en) * 1992-03-05 1994-10-04 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Personal communications service using wireline/wireless integration
US5443516A (en) * 1989-04-11 1995-08-22 Albrektsson; Bjoern Joint prosthesis
US5491744A (en) * 1995-06-30 1996-02-13 Consilium Overseas Limited Selective call waiting
US5513251A (en) * 1993-12-30 1996-04-30 At&T Corp. Method for providing call waiting service
US5519767A (en) * 1995-07-20 1996-05-21 At&T Corp. Voice-and-data modem call-waiting
US5524146A (en) * 1992-04-17 1996-06-04 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Automatic access to communication service providers
US5533102A (en) * 1993-09-22 1996-07-02 Active Voice Telephone auto attendant system for delivering chosen greetings to callers while on the phone
US5546447A (en) * 1994-06-29 1996-08-13 Intel Corporation Displaying caller identification information in a computer system
US5559855A (en) * 1994-11-29 1996-09-24 Lucent Technologies Inc. System and method for recognizing and routing telephone calls involving hearing or speech impaired persons
US5559857A (en) * 1994-11-29 1996-09-24 Lucent Technology Inc. System and method for recognizing and routing telephone calls involving hearing or speech impaired persons
US5559856A (en) * 1994-11-29 1996-09-24 Lucent Technologies Inc. System and method for recognizing and routing telephone calls involving hearing or speech impaired persons
US5625676A (en) * 1993-09-13 1997-04-29 Active Voice Corporation Method and apparatus for monitoring a caller's name while using a telephone
US5651060A (en) * 1994-11-15 1997-07-22 Catapult Entertainment, Inc. Method and apparatus for detecting and recovering from call waiting interruptions to modem communications
US5724412A (en) * 1996-10-07 1998-03-03 U S West, Inc. Method and system for displaying internet identification on customer premises equipment
US5734705A (en) * 1996-03-29 1998-03-31 Xiox Corporation Intelligent configuration server for PBX
US5764748A (en) * 1996-09-30 1998-06-09 Lucent Technologies Inc. Advanced call waiting processing
US5793853A (en) * 1995-06-22 1998-08-11 Sprint Communications Co., L.P. System and method for recording billing information for a telecommunications service request
US5805682A (en) * 1995-11-30 1998-09-08 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Method for delivering call related information to a video display
US5805677A (en) * 1991-07-11 1998-09-08 Sbc Technology Resources, Inc. Apparatus for facilitating the display of information relating to the origin of a third source caller
US5805587A (en) * 1995-11-27 1998-09-08 At&T Corp. Call notification feature for a telephone line connected to the internet
US5809128A (en) * 1996-11-01 1998-09-15 Interactive Telecom Inc. Method and apparatus permitting notification and control of blocked incoming calls over a data network
US5809112A (en) * 1994-10-18 1998-09-15 Sprint Communications Co., L.P. Telecommunications relay system
US5867562A (en) * 1996-04-17 1999-02-02 Scherer; Gordon F. Call processing system with call screening
US5883943A (en) * 1997-11-06 1999-03-16 Ericsson Inc. Calling party name delivery to digital phone subscriber
US5915008A (en) * 1995-10-04 1999-06-22 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. System and method for changing advanced intelligent network services from customer premises equipment
US5917817A (en) * 1996-12-06 1999-06-29 International Business Machines Corporation User invocation of services in public switched telephone network via parallel data networks
US5917888A (en) * 1996-06-28 1999-06-29 Mci Communications Corporation System and method for enhanced telecommunications relay service with easy extension feature
US5933490A (en) * 1997-03-12 1999-08-03 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Overload protection for on-demand access to the internet that redirects calls from overloaded internet service provider (ISP) to alternate internet access provider
US5937050A (en) * 1992-08-26 1999-08-10 Bellsouth Corporation Method for identifying the source of a facsimile communication
US5940485A (en) * 1997-06-12 1999-08-17 Trivium Systems, Inc Data interface connected in line between a keyboard and a keyboard port of a personal computer
US5946381A (en) * 1997-12-19 1999-08-31 Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ) Controlling incoming calls via the world-wide web
US6014379A (en) * 1996-06-26 2000-01-11 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Telecommunications custom calling services
US6028917A (en) * 1997-04-04 2000-02-22 International Business Machines Corporation Access to extended telephone services via the internet
US6031896A (en) * 1998-10-23 2000-02-29 Gte Laboratories Incorporated Real-time voicemail monitoring and call control over the internet
US6078583A (en) * 1996-10-31 2000-06-20 Hitachi, Ltd. Communication method and communication system
US6078581A (en) * 1997-09-12 2000-06-20 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Internet call waiting
US6081517A (en) * 1997-09-22 2000-06-27 Integrated Telecom Express, Inc. Digital subscriber loop access circuit for digital switch and packet network interconnections
US6081589A (en) * 1997-12-01 2000-06-27 Nortel Networks Corporation Method and apparatus for identifying and handling on-line access calls within a switch
US6097795A (en) * 1997-05-09 2000-08-01 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method for notification and control of incoming calls in a network
US6101246A (en) * 1998-09-16 2000-08-08 Ameritech Method of providing caller identification for calls placed over an internet
US6104800A (en) * 1996-11-12 2000-08-15 Mediaone Group, Inc. Method for providing call waiting notification to a party engaged in a data call
US6125126A (en) * 1997-05-14 2000-09-26 Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Method and apparatus for selective call forwarding
US6178232B1 (en) * 1998-07-24 2001-01-23 Ameritech Corporation Method and system for providing enhanced caller identification
US6205213B1 (en) * 1998-05-26 2001-03-20 Siemens Information And Communication Networks, Inc. Partitioning of display for calling party numbers
US6212261B1 (en) * 1996-08-14 2001-04-03 Nortel Networks Limited Internet-based telephone call manager
US6219413B1 (en) * 1997-08-07 2001-04-17 At&T Corp. Apparatus and method for called-party telephone messaging while interconnected to a data network
US6219414B1 (en) * 1998-03-19 2001-04-17 Ameritech Corporation Method and system for providing enhanced call waiting
US6278771B1 (en) * 1998-03-19 2001-08-21 Ameritech Corporation Method and system for providing enhanced call waiting with verification and name change service
US6282267B1 (en) * 1998-03-26 2001-08-28 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Network planning traffic measurement program
US20020031207A1 (en) * 2000-04-19 2002-03-14 Bo-In Lin User editable database to forward communications sent to an unified assess number to caller-specific destinations
US6366661B1 (en) * 1999-10-25 2002-04-02 Quest Communications Int'l., Inc. Online call routing apparatus and method
US6418214B1 (en) * 1996-09-25 2002-07-09 British Telecommunications Public Limited Company Network-based conference system
US20020090074A1 (en) * 2001-01-05 2002-07-11 Sbisa Daniel Charles Method and system for handling operator calls in a communication network
US20020094070A1 (en) * 2000-11-29 2002-07-18 Mott Charles J. Telephone use-monitoring system and method
US20020107049A1 (en) * 2000-07-06 2002-08-08 Fanny Maquaire Audible caller identification for mobile communication device
US6434226B1 (en) * 1997-02-25 2002-08-13 Fujitsu Limited Incoming call control system
US20030002650A1 (en) * 2001-06-22 2003-01-02 Sbc Technology Resources, Inc. Identification of calling devices dialing a universal number to access a telecommunications relay service center
US6570983B1 (en) * 2001-07-06 2003-05-27 At&T Wireless Services, Inc. Method and system for audibly announcing an indication of an identity of a sender of a communication
US6697470B2 (en) * 2001-03-28 2004-02-24 Mcdonough Steven D. Incoming call indicator
US6718021B2 (en) * 2002-02-19 2004-04-06 Sbc Properties, L.P. Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification

Family Cites Families (21)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4756020A (en) 1985-08-30 1988-07-05 American Telephone And Telegraph Company, At&T Bell Laboratories Method and apparatus for disallowing the extension of a call through a network
US4788718A (en) 1987-10-05 1988-11-29 American Telephone And Telegraph Company, At & T Laboratories Call data collection and modification of received call distribution
US4974085A (en) 1989-05-02 1990-11-27 Bases Burke Institute, Inc. Television signal substitution
US5073927A (en) 1989-08-29 1991-12-17 Motorola, Inc. Imaging identification method for a communication system
US5343516A (en) 1989-09-29 1994-08-30 Digital Systems Group, Inc. Computer telecommunications signalling interface
US5434906A (en) 1993-09-13 1995-07-18 Robinson; Michael J. Method and apparatus for processing an incoming call in a communication system
US5469500A (en) 1993-11-12 1995-11-21 Voiceplex Corporation Method and apparatus for delivering calling services
US5574776A (en) 1993-12-13 1996-11-12 Lucent Technologies Inc. Call redirection feature for relay services
US5467388A (en) 1994-01-31 1995-11-14 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Method and apparatus for selectively blocking incoming telephone calls
US5583564A (en) 1995-04-24 1996-12-10 Lucent Technologies Inc. Intelligent call forwarding with videophone display of forwarding destination
US5696815A (en) 1995-05-01 1997-12-09 Bell Communications Research, Inc. Method and apparatus for delivering caller identification information and services
US5684862A (en) 1995-05-24 1997-11-04 Advance Systems Development Company, L.C. Telephone voice message store and forward method
US5835583A (en) 1995-10-05 1998-11-10 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Mediated AIN control of short code access to information service providers
US5680443A (en) 1995-11-08 1997-10-21 At & T Smart messages and smart macros for telecommunications relay service (TRS) and operator services for deaf (OSD)
US5825862A (en) 1995-11-30 1998-10-20 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Method of altering the destination telephone number of an incoming call
US5982774A (en) 1996-04-01 1999-11-09 At&T Corp. Internet on hold
US5999611A (en) 1996-11-19 1999-12-07 Stentor Resource Centre Inc. Subscriber interface for accessing and operating personal communication services
WO1998053617A2 (en) 1997-05-21 1998-11-26 Telcordia Technologies, Inc. System and method for implementing call waiting functions over a network
US6816481B1 (en) * 1999-04-09 2004-11-09 Sbc Technology Resources, Inc. Internet caller identification system and method
US6317488B1 (en) 1999-11-09 2001-11-13 Notify Corporation Call waiting-caller identification notification device
US6665388B2 (en) * 2000-12-20 2003-12-16 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation System and method for monitoring incoming communications to a telecommunications device

Patent Citations (101)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3934079A (en) * 1973-10-26 1976-01-20 Jerrold Electronics Corporation Bilateral communications system for distributing commerical and premium video signaling on an accountable basis
US4191860A (en) * 1978-07-13 1980-03-04 Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated Data base communication call processing method
US4338492A (en) * 1980-01-02 1982-07-06 Zenith Radio Corporation Television receiver with two-way telephone conversation capability
US4349701A (en) * 1980-01-02 1982-09-14 Zenith Radio Corporation Television receiver with two-way telephone conversation and dial-out capabilities
US4313035A (en) * 1980-01-18 1982-01-26 Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated Method of providing person locator service
US4805205A (en) * 1980-06-11 1989-02-14 Andre Faye Method and device for establishing bidirectional communications between persons located at different geographically distant stations
US4356509A (en) * 1981-03-12 1982-10-26 Zenith Radio Corporation Microcomputer-controlled television/telephone system and method therefore
US4405946A (en) * 1982-02-16 1983-09-20 Rca Corporation Television signal converting apparatus providing an on-screen tuning display
US4456925A (en) * 1982-10-04 1984-06-26 Zenith Radio Corporation Television/telephone system with automatic dialing
US4582956A (en) * 1983-07-12 1986-04-15 At&T Bell Laboratories Method and apparatus for displaying at a selected station special service information during a silent interval between ringing
US4582956B1 (en) * 1983-07-12 1994-09-20 Bell Telephone Labor Inc Method and apparatus for displaying at a selected station special service information during a silent interval between ringing
US4611094A (en) * 1983-12-01 1986-09-09 At&T Bell Laboratories Method for customer definable telephone capability
US4611096A (en) * 1983-12-01 1986-09-09 At&T Bell Laboratories Telephone office service assist and handoff
US4922523A (en) * 1984-12-29 1990-05-01 Hashimoto Corporation Videotex with telephone call screening system
US4899373A (en) * 1986-11-28 1990-02-06 American Telephone And Telegraph Company At&T Bell Laboratories Method and apparatus for providing personalized telephone subscriber features at remote locations
US4757267B1 (en) * 1987-06-17 1991-05-21 Applied Telematics Inc
US4757267A (en) * 1987-06-17 1988-07-12 Applied Telematics, Inc. Telephone system for connecting a customer to a supplier of goods
US4802199A (en) * 1987-06-22 1989-01-31 American Telephone And Telegraph Company Method and apparatus for providing virtual facility communication service
US5099331A (en) * 1987-09-04 1992-03-24 Texas Instruments Incorporated Apparatus for overlaying a displayed image with a second image
US4805210A (en) * 1987-09-10 1989-02-14 Griffith Jr Herbert L Automatic telephone line sharing and lockout apparatus
US4765020A (en) * 1987-11-30 1988-08-23 Weihe Clyde R Silverware washing machine
US4852151A (en) * 1988-02-24 1989-07-25 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. Modem with call waiting
US5109279A (en) * 1988-03-28 1992-04-28 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Television receiver with teletext receiving function and a method for superimposing a teletext picture on a television picture
US4924496A (en) * 1988-05-12 1990-05-08 Romek Figa D/B/A Abraham & Sons Automatic incoming telephone call originating number and party display system
US5046079A (en) * 1988-10-14 1991-09-03 Hashimoto Corporation Telephone answering device with TV telephone
US4989081A (en) * 1988-11-14 1991-01-29 Sony Corporation Home-bus-information system
US4873719A (en) * 1988-11-18 1989-10-10 Morris Reese Enhanced calling number delivery service system
US5061992A (en) * 1989-01-24 1991-10-29 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Tv phone communication system and apparatus therefor
US4995074A (en) * 1989-04-03 1991-02-19 Goldman Bruce J Switched line modem interface system
US5443516A (en) * 1989-04-11 1995-08-22 Albrektsson; Bjoern Joint prosthesis
US5083205A (en) * 1989-07-18 1992-01-21 Sony Corporation Television receiver with memory recall of television broadcast channel and system
US5029199A (en) * 1989-08-10 1991-07-02 Boston Technology Distributed control and storage for a large capacity messaging system
US5046093A (en) * 1989-09-05 1991-09-03 General Instrument Corporation CATV subscriber apparatus with intelligent remote control
US5117452A (en) * 1989-09-29 1992-05-26 David Callele Telephone interface for a computer for receiving and transmitting information during the silent interval between ringing
US5054055A (en) * 1990-04-26 1991-10-01 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Telephone system and method for the intelligent use of individual calling line identification information
US5148275A (en) * 1990-11-15 1992-09-15 Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. Second video program
US5138649A (en) * 1990-11-16 1992-08-11 General Instrument Corporation Portable telephone handset with remote control
US5805677A (en) * 1991-07-11 1998-09-08 Sbc Technology Resources, Inc. Apparatus for facilitating the display of information relating to the origin of a third source caller
US6052444A (en) * 1991-07-11 2000-04-18 Sbc Technology Resources, Inc. Tele-communication information display system
US5247571A (en) * 1992-02-28 1993-09-21 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Area wide centrex
US5353331A (en) * 1992-03-05 1994-10-04 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Personal communications service using wireline/wireless integration
US5333183A (en) * 1992-03-13 1994-07-26 Moscom Corporation Universal MDR data record collection and reporting system
US5524146A (en) * 1992-04-17 1996-06-04 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Automatic access to communication service providers
US5937050A (en) * 1992-08-26 1999-08-10 Bellsouth Corporation Method for identifying the source of a facsimile communication
US5315641A (en) * 1992-10-14 1994-05-24 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Public switched telephone network access to public data network
US5625676A (en) * 1993-09-13 1997-04-29 Active Voice Corporation Method and apparatus for monitoring a caller's name while using a telephone
US5533102A (en) * 1993-09-22 1996-07-02 Active Voice Telephone auto attendant system for delivering chosen greetings to callers while on the phone
US5513251A (en) * 1993-12-30 1996-04-30 At&T Corp. Method for providing call waiting service
US5546447A (en) * 1994-06-29 1996-08-13 Intel Corporation Displaying caller identification information in a computer system
US5809112A (en) * 1994-10-18 1998-09-15 Sprint Communications Co., L.P. Telecommunications relay system
US5651060A (en) * 1994-11-15 1997-07-22 Catapult Entertainment, Inc. Method and apparatus for detecting and recovering from call waiting interruptions to modem communications
US5559855A (en) * 1994-11-29 1996-09-24 Lucent Technologies Inc. System and method for recognizing and routing telephone calls involving hearing or speech impaired persons
US5559856A (en) * 1994-11-29 1996-09-24 Lucent Technologies Inc. System and method for recognizing and routing telephone calls involving hearing or speech impaired persons
US5559857A (en) * 1994-11-29 1996-09-24 Lucent Technology Inc. System and method for recognizing and routing telephone calls involving hearing or speech impaired persons
US5793853A (en) * 1995-06-22 1998-08-11 Sprint Communications Co., L.P. System and method for recording billing information for a telecommunications service request
US5491744A (en) * 1995-06-30 1996-02-13 Consilium Overseas Limited Selective call waiting
US5519767A (en) * 1995-07-20 1996-05-21 At&T Corp. Voice-and-data modem call-waiting
US5915008A (en) * 1995-10-04 1999-06-22 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. System and method for changing advanced intelligent network services from customer premises equipment
US5805587A (en) * 1995-11-27 1998-09-08 At&T Corp. Call notification feature for a telephone line connected to the internet
US5805682A (en) * 1995-11-30 1998-09-08 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Method for delivering call related information to a video display
US5734705A (en) * 1996-03-29 1998-03-31 Xiox Corporation Intelligent configuration server for PBX
US5867562A (en) * 1996-04-17 1999-02-02 Scherer; Gordon F. Call processing system with call screening
US6014379A (en) * 1996-06-26 2000-01-11 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Telecommunications custom calling services
US5917888A (en) * 1996-06-28 1999-06-29 Mci Communications Corporation System and method for enhanced telecommunications relay service with easy extension feature
US6212261B1 (en) * 1996-08-14 2001-04-03 Nortel Networks Limited Internet-based telephone call manager
US6418214B1 (en) * 1996-09-25 2002-07-09 British Telecommunications Public Limited Company Network-based conference system
US5764748A (en) * 1996-09-30 1998-06-09 Lucent Technologies Inc. Advanced call waiting processing
US5724412A (en) * 1996-10-07 1998-03-03 U S West, Inc. Method and system for displaying internet identification on customer premises equipment
US6078583A (en) * 1996-10-31 2000-06-20 Hitachi, Ltd. Communication method and communication system
US5809128A (en) * 1996-11-01 1998-09-15 Interactive Telecom Inc. Method and apparatus permitting notification and control of blocked incoming calls over a data network
US6104800A (en) * 1996-11-12 2000-08-15 Mediaone Group, Inc. Method for providing call waiting notification to a party engaged in a data call
US5917817A (en) * 1996-12-06 1999-06-29 International Business Machines Corporation User invocation of services in public switched telephone network via parallel data networks
US6434226B1 (en) * 1997-02-25 2002-08-13 Fujitsu Limited Incoming call control system
US5933490A (en) * 1997-03-12 1999-08-03 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Overload protection for on-demand access to the internet that redirects calls from overloaded internet service provider (ISP) to alternate internet access provider
US6028917A (en) * 1997-04-04 2000-02-22 International Business Machines Corporation Access to extended telephone services via the internet
US6097795A (en) * 1997-05-09 2000-08-01 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method for notification and control of incoming calls in a network
US6125126A (en) * 1997-05-14 2000-09-26 Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Method and apparatus for selective call forwarding
US5940485A (en) * 1997-06-12 1999-08-17 Trivium Systems, Inc Data interface connected in line between a keyboard and a keyboard port of a personal computer
US6219413B1 (en) * 1997-08-07 2001-04-17 At&T Corp. Apparatus and method for called-party telephone messaging while interconnected to a data network
US6078581A (en) * 1997-09-12 2000-06-20 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Internet call waiting
US6259692B1 (en) * 1997-09-12 2001-07-10 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Internet call waiting
US6081517A (en) * 1997-09-22 2000-06-27 Integrated Telecom Express, Inc. Digital subscriber loop access circuit for digital switch and packet network interconnections
US5883943A (en) * 1997-11-06 1999-03-16 Ericsson Inc. Calling party name delivery to digital phone subscriber
US6081589A (en) * 1997-12-01 2000-06-27 Nortel Networks Corporation Method and apparatus for identifying and handling on-line access calls within a switch
US5946381A (en) * 1997-12-19 1999-08-31 Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ) Controlling incoming calls via the world-wide web
US6219414B1 (en) * 1998-03-19 2001-04-17 Ameritech Corporation Method and system for providing enhanced call waiting
US6278771B1 (en) * 1998-03-19 2001-08-21 Ameritech Corporation Method and system for providing enhanced call waiting with verification and name change service
US6282267B1 (en) * 1998-03-26 2001-08-28 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Network planning traffic measurement program
US6205213B1 (en) * 1998-05-26 2001-03-20 Siemens Information And Communication Networks, Inc. Partitioning of display for calling party numbers
US6178232B1 (en) * 1998-07-24 2001-01-23 Ameritech Corporation Method and system for providing enhanced caller identification
US6101246A (en) * 1998-09-16 2000-08-08 Ameritech Method of providing caller identification for calls placed over an internet
US6031896A (en) * 1998-10-23 2000-02-29 Gte Laboratories Incorporated Real-time voicemail monitoring and call control over the internet
US6366661B1 (en) * 1999-10-25 2002-04-02 Quest Communications Int'l., Inc. Online call routing apparatus and method
US20020031207A1 (en) * 2000-04-19 2002-03-14 Bo-In Lin User editable database to forward communications sent to an unified assess number to caller-specific destinations
US20020107049A1 (en) * 2000-07-06 2002-08-08 Fanny Maquaire Audible caller identification for mobile communication device
US20020094070A1 (en) * 2000-11-29 2002-07-18 Mott Charles J. Telephone use-monitoring system and method
US20020090074A1 (en) * 2001-01-05 2002-07-11 Sbisa Daniel Charles Method and system for handling operator calls in a communication network
US6697470B2 (en) * 2001-03-28 2004-02-24 Mcdonough Steven D. Incoming call indicator
US20030002650A1 (en) * 2001-06-22 2003-01-02 Sbc Technology Resources, Inc. Identification of calling devices dialing a universal number to access a telecommunications relay service center
US6570983B1 (en) * 2001-07-06 2003-05-27 At&T Wireless Services, Inc. Method and system for audibly announcing an indication of an identity of a sender of a communication
US6718021B2 (en) * 2002-02-19 2004-04-06 Sbc Properties, L.P. Method and system for presenting customized call alerts in a service for internet caller identification

Cited By (19)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US7995563B2 (en) 1999-04-09 2011-08-09 At&T Labs, Inc. Internet caller identification system and method
US20070076858A1 (en) * 2003-09-05 2007-04-05 Klaus Hoffmann Method for supporting the name delivery feature for mixed tdm networks/ sip centrex communication architectures.
US7545918B2 (en) * 2003-11-26 2009-06-09 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Call ticker
US20050111644A1 (en) * 2003-11-26 2005-05-26 Michael Edwards Call ticker
US20080201299A1 (en) * 2004-06-30 2008-08-21 Nokia Corporation Method and System for Managing Metadata
US8139739B2 (en) * 2005-05-06 2012-03-20 At&T Mobility Ii Llc Enhanced alerting system
US20060251232A1 (en) * 2005-05-06 2006-11-09 Cingular Wireless Ii, Llc Enhanced alerting system
US20070036136A1 (en) * 2005-07-30 2007-02-15 Barclay Deborah L Network support for Caller ID verification
US8040875B2 (en) * 2005-07-30 2011-10-18 Alcatel Lucent Network support for caller ID verification
US20070047724A1 (en) * 2005-08-29 2007-03-01 Nec Infrontia Corporation Voice call system adapted to support computer terminal
US8594316B2 (en) * 2005-08-29 2013-11-26 Nec Infrontia Corporation Voice call system adapted to support a computer terminal and that adjusts a ringer tone
US20080148151A1 (en) * 2006-12-18 2008-06-19 Ebay Inc. One way sound
US9959874B2 (en) 2006-12-18 2018-05-01 Ebay Inc. One way sound
US8825487B2 (en) * 2006-12-18 2014-09-02 Ebay Inc. Customized audio data for verifying the authenticity of a service provider
US8441962B1 (en) * 2010-04-09 2013-05-14 Sprint Spectrum L.P. Method, device, and system for real-time call announcement
US9215253B1 (en) * 2010-04-09 2015-12-15 Sprint Spectrum L.P. Method, device, and system for real-time call annoucement
US20120226815A1 (en) * 2011-03-02 2012-09-06 Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. Secure management of sip user credentials
US9380102B2 (en) * 2011-03-02 2016-06-28 Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. Secure management of SIP user credentials
US20130103926A1 (en) * 2011-06-22 2013-04-25 International Business Machines Corporation Establishing a data communications connection between a lightweight kernel in a compute node of a parallel computer and an input-output ('i/o') node of the parallel computer

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date
US7450701B2 (en) 2008-11-11
US20030156690A1 (en) 2003-08-21
US6718021B2 (en) 2004-04-06

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US7970110B2 (en) Voice over IP method for developing interactive voice response system
US6505163B1 (en) Network and method for providing an automatic recall telecommunications service with automatic speech recognition capability
CA2199802C (en) Personal communications internetworking
US7907718B2 (en) VoIP call routing
US6985569B2 (en) System and method for identifying parties in bills for communications services
US6393017B1 (en) Virtual PBX system
CA2416959C (en) System and method for unified messaging in inter/intranet telephony
US6282275B1 (en) Telephone caller identification log with internet access
US7269249B2 (en) Systems and methods for providing user profile information in conjunction with an enhanced caller information system
CN1758634B (en) Method and apparatus for providing distributed slf routing capability
US6778653B1 (en) Storing information about a telephony session
US7245612B2 (en) Internet call waiting with voicemail system that provides monitoring during recording
USRE42122E1 (en) System and method for customized telephone greeting announcements
US6879683B1 (en) System and method for providing a call back option for callers to a call center
US6442242B1 (en) Multifunction autoattendant system and method of operation thereof
US6804334B1 (en) Method and device for dynamic message delivery based upon identification of originating caller
EP0935380B1 (en) Method and system for voice call completion using information retrieved from an open application on a computing machine
US6337858B1 (en) Method and apparatus for originating voice calls from a data network
JP5297039B2 (en) Wireless device for managing network mutual telecommunication services
CA2205704C (en) Multimedia messaging using internet
US6724872B1 (en) Personalized messages over Internet call waiting
US7688958B2 (en) Methods and apparatus for providing expanded telecommunications service
US8098802B2 (en) DSL integrated call waiting
US6987841B1 (en) Method for providing a phone conversation recording service
US7342917B2 (en) Multimedia personalized call management (MPCM)

Legal Events

Date Code Title Description
STCF Information on status: patent grant

Free format text: PATENTED CASE

FPAY Fee payment

Year of fee payment: 4

FPAY Fee payment

Year of fee payment: 8